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Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona
Apr 17–May 25, 2014
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Shakespeare in Action Workshop for Families: Birthday Celebration
Apr 19, 2014
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Folger Gala
Apr 23, 2014
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Shakespeare's the Thing
Jan 28–Jun 15, 2014
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Quick list of what's on by date:
Exhibition January 28–June 15, 2014

Shakespeare's the Thing  

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespeare's 450th birthday.

Theater April 17–May 25, 2014

Fiasco Theater's The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.



Family Program April 19, 2014

Shakespeare in Action Workshop for Families: Birthday Celebration  

Come dance, sing, and play- it's Shakespeare's 450th birthday! Learn stage combat and celebrate with a performance on the Folger stage! Refreshments served.

 

Recommended Ages 7-14

$35 per 1 adult/1 child

$10 each additional child



Special Event April 19, 2014

The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Opening Night

  

Enjoy the opening night performance of Folger Theatre's production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona followed by a reception with the cast and company.

Special Event April 23, 2014

Folger Gala  

The Folger Shakespeare Library's annual gala is its most important fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event will support the outstanding cultural and educational programming the Folger offers to the greater Washington area and beyond.

Education Program April 25, 2014

Student Matinees: Fiasco Theatre Company's The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

Experience the excitement of live theater with a student matinee! These full-length, weekday Folger Theatre performances are followed by post-show discussions with members of the cast.



Family Program May 3, 2014

Shake Up Your Saturdays: It's a Garden Party!  

Learn about the different plants and animals in Shakespeare's plays and experience the great outdoors in the Folger Elizabethan Garden.

Recommended ages: 6-12



Poetry May 5, 2014

Folger Board Reading: Carol Ann Duffy  

Carol Ann Duffy often pulls upon history and myth in fresh and invigorating poetry that showcases a contemporary wit.

Education Program May 7, 2014

Student Matinees: Fiasco Theatre Company's The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

Experience the excitement of live theater with a student matinee! These full-length, weekday Folger Theatre performances are followed by post-show discussions with members of the cast.



Lectures May 7, 2014

Pre–Show Talk: The Two Gentlemen of Verona  

Folger Shakespeare Library Director Michael Witmore shares his perspective on Shakespeare's charming comedy, The Two Gentlemen of Verona , in an insightful pre-performance discussion. A reception with light fare is included.

Poetry May 9, 2014

Before & After: Poets respond to Two Gentlemen of Verona  

Two local poets, Michael Gushue and Regie Cabico, respond to the theatre production of Two Gentlemen of Verona. The original work of the poets will explore themes from the play, in this unique lyrical communication between genres.



PEN/Faulkner May 10, 2014

34th Annual PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction Ceremony & Dinner  

America's largest peer-juried prize for fiction honors this year's winner or "first among equals" -- Karen Joy Fowler for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves -- and the four finalists -- Daniel Alarcon for At Night We Walk in Circles, Percival Everett for Percival Everett by Virgil Russell, Joan Silber for Fools, and Valerie Trueblood for Search Party -- in an evening of readings and presentations by the judges. A buffet dinner follows.

Education Program May 12–16, 2014

Emily Jordan Folger Children's Shakespeare Festival  

The Emily Jordan Folger Children's Festival for students in grades 3 to 6 is held each spring on the stage of our Elizabethan Theatre.  Performances last between 10 and 20 minutes. Balcony seating is available for parents and general audience members.



Lectures May 12, 2014

James Shapiro: Shakespeare in America   

James Shapiro discusses his new book, "Shakespeare in America: An Anthology from the Revolution to Now." Reception and exhibition viewing to follow.

Lectures May 19, 2014

Preview Screening: Still Dreaming  

Stretching physical, emotional and mental limits, a group of retired Broadway actors, musicians and dancers bravely dive into a production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and find the thrilling value of engaging in your passions no matter your circumstance or your age. The screening will be followed by a talk back with the film's creators.

Theater May 28–June 1, 2014

Fiasco Theater's Cymbeline  

Voted one of the top 10 theatrical productions of 2011 by New York magazine and winner of the 2012 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for “Best Revival,” Fiasco’s music-filled rendering lets “the comedy, poignancy and unlikely magic of Cymbeline surface gently and naturally." (The New York Times)



Lectures May 29, 2014

Cymbeline Pre–Show Talk: Valerie Wayne  

Valerie Wayne, Professor Emerita of English at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, examines the success of Fiasco Theater's production of Cymbeline.



Lectures June 2, 2014

RSC Live from Stratford–upon–Avon: Henry IV, Part I  

The Folger hosts a special preview screening of a live cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC, captured from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. 
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.

 



Family Program June 7, 2014

Shake Up Your Saturdays: Shakespeare's the Thing  

Explore how Shakespeare created his plays and how they continue to capture our imagination 400 years later.

Recommended ages: 6-12



Exhibition July 1–October 26, 2014

Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare's England  

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England during the reign of Elizabeth I. An ambitious world was full of newly wealthy and successful families, eager to display their success and status. Genealogy in its modern form also took off: ancestral research was vital to a rich heraldic display, and new ways were established for setting out family trees graphically.

 

In this show—the largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever mounted—you will see books explaining heraldry’s complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents written by professional heralds seeking to regulate heraldic practise in a fast-changing society. Exceptional treasures include the original drafts of William Shakespeare’s own coat of arms.



Special Event July 1, 2014

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespere's England
Exhibition Opening

  

Celebrate the opening of our latest exhibition with remarks in the Elizabethan Theatre and a reception in the Great Hall.

Lectures July 2, 2014

RSC Live from Stratford–upon–Avon: Henry IV, Part II  

The Folger hosts a special preview screening of a live cinema broadcast from the stage of the RSC, captured from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Directed by RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and starring Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV, and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.


Exhibition Ongoing, Monday–Saturday

The Shakespeare Gallery  

Discover what it might have been like to see a play in Shakespeare's time in a family-friendly display, The Play's the Thing!, and explore the Folger through our visitor film on why Shakespeare matters.



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